The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

6 May 2006

One in the Los column

Michelle Malkin seems peeved that the Texas Rangers would rework their uniforms slightly for Cinco de Mayo the commemoration of the Battle of Puebla: instead of "Rangers," the team's shirts read "Los Rangers."

I can't bring myself to get worked up over this. There has been a substantial Hispanic presence in major-league baseball for decades, and there isn't anything wrong with tacitly acknowledging that fact. And while "Los Rangers" looks, well, sort of silly, this gesture strikes me as more "Oh, what the hell, it'll be fun" than "Let's do something for reconquista."

Although I think it would have been funnier had the visitors that night seen fit to replace their standard "New York" shirts with, say, "Damn Yankees."

I did like Rick Moore's barb:

Just for last night's game, stolen bases were known as "undocumented bases", and no one was allowed to be thrown out.

Incidentally, Los Rangers lost, 8-7.

And if we ever have a Cleveland/Atlanta World Series, expect the rhetorical fur to fly.

Posted at 12:00 PM to Base Paths

I probably agree with Malkin more than I diagree, but her logic is awfully strained on this one. As Moore points out, this was simple pandering to Mexicans to get them interested in the Rangers (which doubtless failed), not a commeration of a Mexican military battle.

Posted by: John Salmon at 11:24 PM on 6 May 2006

Next thing you know they'll be putting "San" in front of a bunch of our place names!

Posted by: Gary Ruppert at 11:27 PM on 6 May 2006

"Los Rangers" isn't even linguistically correct. They were historically known, on the other side of the Rio Bravo del Norte (what we imperialistically misname the "Rio Grande"), as los Tejanos Sangrientos.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:00 PM on 7 May 2006

"The Bloody Texans?" They're not even British!

Posted by: John Salmon at 6:43 PM on 8 May 2006